The Courts and Great Chalfield Manor: a Walk to Two NT Gardens

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The Courts - Holt - Pack-horse Bridge - Great Chalfield Manor - The Courts

There are two delightful gardens to visit on this walk, plus a manor-house (open at somewhat restricted times). The walk takes you along the banks of the Avon for a stretch, over an old pack-horse bridge and across the usual mix of fields and stiles.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Countryside

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National Trust
06/01/2019 - David Squire

If you are expecting a nice walk in the country then you will be disappointed. The first 2 miles are spent walking on a busy country road with no footpath and then around a large factory. Thereafter much time is spent walking across very uninteresting fields often close to a railway. Not recommended.

03/07/2017 - Charlie Bolton

I re-walked this following the comment from Mr Robinson,without encountering the problems he describes. Yes, there is a solar farm, but the turn is before it. The overgrown route by the chapel had been cut back when we did it. Fields being ploughed - well,that's what farmers do, I'm afraid. I have amended the walk to try and make the instructions clearer, and am sorry he didn't have a good experience. (I think its a great walk!)

08/05/2017 - Graham Robinson

We got lost three times on this walk and luckily met locals to guide us. There is now no bridge or exit at Waypoint 9 and there is now a massive solar farm in the next field so you have to back track to cross the ditch half way up the field and make your way across a very large field to Whaddon Farm. At Waypoint 11 the path by the church is totally overgrown, now take the path AFTER the church on the left and down the hill. At Waypoint 11 this is a massive field now and a very long walk round the boundary, ploughed this time, so we had to take the main road all the way into Holt....not pleasant. I would not recommend this walk.

20/09/2015 - Peter Holland

The indicated length of this walk is mis-leading. Our GPS measured over 6.5 miles, and as we were using public transport we missed the bus. I recommend that you allow an extra hour for this walk. Notwithstanding that; we enjoyed it and will do it again.

26/06/2014 - Steve Ramsden

The chimney referred to in the early part of the walk has gone - the factory can be used as a suitable landmark instead. The 2 fields before the railway line crossing have been planted with crops - you will need to pick your way carefully through them, especially the first one, where no trace of a path remains. I can't comment on the route beyond the railway crossing as the sky fell in so we took a short cut home.

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